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Apache Blood


Published 1975
Topics Western


AKA "The worst western ever made"

Chief Yellow Shirt (Ray Danton) is hunting down white men because they broke a treaty.
He and all three of his braves find a small squad of U.S. soldiers and take after them.
Among the soldiers is a mountain man (Dewitt Lee) who is attacked by a bear (in the funniest scene in the movie) and left for dead.
He eventually gains consciousness and starts fighting off the Indians while trying to catch up with the soldiers.
Eventually, both sides are killed down to Yellow Shirt and the mountain man, who now race across the desert and try to outsmart each other and survive wind storms, snakes, and hallucinations of their respective women.


Run time 86 min.
Producer Vern Piehl, Rowd Sanders
Audio/Visual sound, color
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Reviewer: trilby1989 - - October 30, 2010
Subject: An Epic of Survival
Don't let the 1.5 hour run time fool you, this one runs every bit of 4 hours.

We are told at the beginning that Yellow Shirt and his woman were among the two survivors of an army massacre of his tribe, and so he and his remaining braves(sic) set out for revenge. Though the number of braves at his command is uncertain and perhaps inflated in army reports, so too are exaggerated the number of calvery personnel in the field reported by the Apache, but these false numbers shake out and equalize with the passage of time, and ultimately there is but Yellow Shirt and a single army scout, a mountain man with an amazing will to live. Though a chief of renown skills in battle; whose name brings fear to soldiers, Yellow Shirt seems to have somewhat limited tracking and shooting skills, as he can do little more than keep up with the scout who was severely crippled in a vicious bear attack, and failed to bring down the scout with either of two rifle shots from about 25 ft distance at a river crossing. The persuit continues countless miles and days across the Sonoran Desert as the army scout, dreaming of his sweet waiting wife, tries desperately to reach an army outpost and safety, and Yellow Shirt relentlessly follows, dreaming also of his beautiful woman.

The story reminded me of early 20th century penny dreadful/dime novel stories such as could be found in "True Tales of the Old West" and such. Often the stories found in such serializing pulp magazines were greatly embellished by professional writers who had never been west of Buffalo. With large doses of desert alkali and a belief that this story was probably based on a lost in the desert survival story and not on a pursued by mentally challenged indian on warpath story, I actually found it enjoyable. 6/10
Reviewer: Aitchondo - - January 13, 2009
Subject: AKA "The worst western ever made"
Might well be the worst movie ever. I may be bias, but as an Indian, I saw not one in the movie. I got the general idea about where it was leading, but how it was getting there confused me greatly. Bear fight was funny, but not funny enough to recommend the movie. Diane Taylor is really nice, but not Indian. Really, really bad movie. Can't even squeeze out two stars for effort.
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